TEN women were recognised for their achievements in various fields at the state-level International Women’s Day celebration in Sepang, Selangor.
The awards were for female entrepreneurship, social innovation, zero to hero, creative arts, person with disability, and community service.
Present as guest of honour was Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Aiman Athirah Sabu.
The event was organised in collaboration with Wanita Berdaya Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor Coalition of Women Organisation.
Selangor public health, unity, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud gave out grants for the development of shelter homes and to support their residents and workers.
She also presented grants for intensive courses in child development to 10 recipients who are caregivers.
In a statement, Dr Siti Mariah said, “The Selangor public health, unity, women empowerment and family standing committee has lined up 12 initiatives which will be implemented this year, at a cost of RM4mil.
“They include six new initiatives – Selangor Young Female Influencer, Selangor Women’s Conference, Shelter Home Grant, Subsidies for M40 Nurseries and Kindergartens, Digital Media Incentive for Young Female Entrepreneurs and Single Mothers’ Economic Development Incentive.”
In her speech, Aiman Athirah said although improvements could be seen in terms of women’s involvement in education and in the workforce, they were still behind in the political scene.
“There has been a dip in the number of female MPs this time around (following the 15th General Election).
“We call on political parties to nominate more women in the upcoming state elections.
“We also call on the people to vote for women who have the potential to be their elected representatives,” she said.